Herald JournalHerald Journal, Nov. 3, 2003

Herald Journal, Schlagel purchase Wayne's Quality Printing

By Lynda Jensen

History will be going full circle for Wayne Diers of Howard Lake, as Wayne's Quality Printing is sold, effective today.

The buyers are Herald Journal Publishing, owned by Chris Schultz and Dale Kovar, along with Neil Schlagel of Howard Lake, a Herald Journal employee.

Diers originally started out working for the Howard Lake Herald in 1963, when Pete Peterson owned the newspaper.

Now, Diers will be working for the Herald again, with the purchase of the printing business.

The purchase ends about 16 years of ownership of Wayne's Quality Printing, since Diers started the business in 1988, he said.

"The 16 years seemed like 16 days to me," he said. "It went by so fast."

The change of hands will also mark the growth and additional services of the newspaper, owned by Herald Journal Publishing.

A new service will include state-of-the-art digital printing for short-run, full-color jobs, along with many other services of Herald Journal Publishing, such as marketing, printing, novelty items such as magnets, ad agency services, direct mail, and web site services.

This is very different than when the newspaper operated in the '60s.

In the past year, the publishing company has seen ambitious growth particularly in marketing and its associated business, Herald Journal Sign and Graphics.

Diers, who has spent 40 years in the printing industry, remembers two letterpress printing presses used at the Herald in the 1960s.

He spent about five years doing "just about everything," at the Herald, he said.

From the Herald, Diers went to Holes-Webway in St. Cloud, working as a press man for 16 years.

Following that, he worked in Sauk Rapids at a printing company for three years, starting in 1985.

Diers will continue as a Herald Journal employee in the current Wayne's Quality Printing location behind Howard Lake Tire and Auto on Highway 12.

The printing division is planned to move to the main Herald Journal location in Howard Lake after remodeling is completed.

Howard Lake office will close for remodeling

The newspaper office in Howard Lake will be closed for approximately two to three weeks for remodeling, starting today (Monday).

Those who need assistance may dial the regular phone number, (320) 543-2131, or use the drop box.

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